The Student News Site of Macalester College

The Mac Weekly

The Student News Site of Macalester College

The Mac Weekly

The Student News Site of Macalester College

The Mac Weekly

Yearbook financial collapse explained

By Sonam Kindy

The collapse of the yearbook, The Mac, left unanswered questions about the fiscal decisions that strapped the Macalester College Student Government strapped with $14,996 in unpaid bills from the yearbook’s publisher, Taylor Publishing.For the 2006-2007 year, the total cost of publication for approximately 200 yearbooks was $14,996. MCSG initially allocated $4,996 to The Mac.

The MCSG funding, when combined with the proceeds from the sales of the yearbooks, should have been close to the total cost of publication. However, the yearbook only sold 74 books, taking in $3,108 toward the cost of publication.

Together, MCSG’s allocation and the yearbook’s sales add up to $8,104, leaving MCSG to swallow an additional $6,892. The remaining 125 yearbooks, if sold, would allow MCSG to recoup $5,250.

Unfortunately for the Yearbook Committee and MCSG, by the time it was apparent that student interest was lower than expected, the production had already begun.

In other words, “There wasn’t any turning back,” said Allison Greenlee, assistant director of campus programs and the yearbook adviser.

While the yearbook did fail, Vice President for Student Affairs Laurie Hamre said the amount of effort put in by students and staff alike should not be discounted.

“The yearbook may have been more work than the students involved anticipated,” she said.

Yearbooks for the ’06-’07 school year are still available in the Campus Programs office or Allison Greenlee’s office. The price is $42.

View Comments (2)
More to Discover

Comments (2)

All The Mac Weekly Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • A

    Anne HendersonSep 9, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    I like to work on PHP rather than .NET, even though .NET gives the feature of drag and drop elements, but I love PHP much.